Grateful Dead

Road Trips Volume 3 Number 1

Oakland, 12/28/79

The latest installment in our Road Trips series, now entering its third big year (and ninth release overall) is bound to become a favorite. Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 1 is the complete show from December 28, 1979, part of the sparkling run that has already given us the excellent Dick’s Picks: Vol. 5 (from 12/26/79). You’ll recall that these year-end concerts, held at the Oakland Auditorium because Winterland had closed down for good the previous New Year’s Eve, were the first holiday shows featuring new keyboardist Brent Mydland, who joined the band in April 1979.

The new lineup had been gaining momentum with each passing tour since that spring, and by December was truly hitting its stride. It helped, too, that the band was in the midst of recording their Go To Heaven album, so they were really playing together a lot during this period. This 12/28/79 concert is a blast: a super high-energy rock and roll show that also has its share of spacey jams and exploratory passages. The first set includes standout versions of “Sugaree,” “High Time” (rare enough that it always felt like a treat!) and “The Music Never Stopped,” while the second set opens with the always potent pair of “Alabama Getaway” > “Greatest Story Ever Told,” turns deep and introspective with “Playing in the Band” and “Terrapin,” and then later turns into a non-stop party with “Uncle John’s Band,” “I Need A Miracle,” “Bertha” and Good Lovin’.” If you’re not wiped out after that, the double-encore will waste you—“Casey Jones” and “Saturday Night”!

The sound on both discs is spectacular (it’s hard to beat great reels as source tapes), and as always the CDs have been mastered to the exacting HDCD spec, because you would accept nothing less. The colorful accompanying booklet contains a number of excellent Jay Blakesberg photos from those Oakland Aud. shows, as well as a typically inspiring essay by the always poetic Dead scribe Steve Silberman.

So it’s a win-win. A slam-dunk. A no-brainer. For more info on all the goodness packed onto these discs, click here. And when you finally come to your senses and decide that you can longer live another day without Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 1, you can order it here.

—Blair Jackson

Track List

CD 1: Oakland Auditorium Arena, December 28, 1979

1. SUGAREE
2. MAMA TRIED>
3. MEXICALI BLUES
4. ROW JIMMY
5. IT’S ALL OVER NOW
6. HIGH TIME
7. THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
SET 2:
8. ALABAMA GETAWAY>
9. GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

CD 2: Oakland Auditorium Arena, December 28, 1979

1. TERRAPIN STATION>
2. PLAYING IN THE BAND>
3. RHYTHM DEVILS>
4. SPACE>
5. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND>
6. I NEED A MIRACLE>
7. BERTHA>
8. GOOD LOVIN’
9. CASEY JONES
10. ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT



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Captain Stormfield's picture
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What's next?

Time to start the wondering 'bout the next release. I see some are already doing so. I've been wrong about nearly every guess I've made since the series has started, so I guess I'll just keep my guessing to myself. Nevertheless, I AM eager for a new release...

For Pure Jerry? That awesome JGB Halloween '93 show from Brendan Byrne would be sweet. One of the finest versions of Shining Star in existence. Just wishful thinking.

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why release

The Old Renaissance Faire Grounds from August 27, 1972. ??
Nobody would be able to buy it , at least not from Dead.net !!
However it would be nice to be able to vine out copy`s that already do circulate as bootlegs..

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Dont't fall for the free shipping line either!

One more thing: They offer free shipping when you order sets in combo (i.e. RT3.1 and Let it Rock), and then go ahead and charge you for the shipping anyway. It seems the whole scheme of this website is now to ripoff customers.

It didn't use to be like that.

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Fed up with Dead.Net service

I too never got Road Trips 3.1, despite preordering in October and having my credit card charged in November. Multiple emails to MARYE and customer service were for nothing. When you do get thru to India on the phone, they promise to investigate and get back to me (they have never gotten back to me) and refuse to credit my credit card. I also am never buying from Dead.net again. I am trying now to get the 3 cd set from ebay. I'll pay more but at least I'll have an assurance that I'll get it. I have been defrauded and ripped off by GDP.

I have been emailing and calling about this for 2 months now but I give up, life is too short.

GDP should not use the bonus cd hook to sell cd's they can't ship. It only frustrates and penalizes the fans, it is a ripoff and only enriches the sellers in ebay (how did they get theirs in large quantities?) And GDP gets to keep my money! Never again.

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Re: Upcoming Release

I'll second the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds from August 27, 1972.

The China Cat>Rider - amazing.

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Upcoming Releases

Would love to see the Vault multitracks of 8-27-72 come out, all nice & spiffy!!

For the next RT, my fantasy would be some uncirculated 83-85 PCM SBD's

Or some 89-90 multitracks....

For the next PJ, '87-'91 would work just fine or some Fall '93 or '94 Garcia/Grisman shows....

My 2 cents :)

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Proposed Show for Upcoming Release

Hello Everyone,

How about releasing the show from the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds (08/27/1972). If you would like to take a listen and support this release, the web site is http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-27.sbd.orf.3328.sbeok.shnf

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as I said

in the other topic where you posted this, if you give me the necessary information to track down this order, like your name and the order number, I'll see what I can do to get this straightened out.

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Almost 2 months

I ordered RT on 11/1 and still have not received it. I have called customer service several times and was told it would be sent out...still no discs. What is going on? I have ordered close to two dozen times over the years and never had this happen. Now I am in jeoprady of losing the bonus disc, which is the reason I ordered in the first place. What a disappointment. If this is ever resolved (discs or refund) I will never buy directly from Dead.net again. It's easier to pay double on Amazon or e-bay than deal with this nightmare.

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So I finally just decided to

So I finally just decided to call customer service since I still haven't received Road Trips Vol. 3 or Let It Rock. After waiting on hold for a half hour with the worst piano and drums duet ever blasting into my ear, I finally got a human on the other line. The guy was clearly in India and all he could tell me about my order is that everything I ordered was out of stock and they don't know when it will be back in stock, so your just going to have to wait. Wow even though I pre-ordered the damn thing on the day it came out. I guess the odds of me getting the bonus disc are about as slim as me ever seeing this order delivered.

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